Governator Open to Obama Energy Czar Job

But vows to promote green causes, in or out of White House
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2008 1:30 PM CDT
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the Gap Complex Fire briefing at the Incident Command Post at Earl Warren Fairgrounds in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Saturday July 5, 2008.    (AP Photo/Phil Klein)
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(Newser) – A foreign-born citizen, Arnold Schwarzenegger can't be US president—but though he's endorsed John McCain, he's open to serving as energy czar in a Barack Obama administration. Asked about it on today on This Week, the California governor called the idea "hypothetical" but showed enthusiasm for green issues. His name would give Obama extra celebrity power and provide a useful across-the-aisle appointment, Politico reports.

"It's important to give something back, do my work without getting paid," said Schwarzenegger. "If I have this position or not, I will be traveling around the world and I will be promoting renewables, solar, windmills… protecting the environment, protecting the oceans.”